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Just Finish It

Feld Thoughts

An exec at a company I’m an investor in sent this to me this morning. Does this feel like your life at your company? I’m an enormous fan of Eric Ries and The Lean Startup. His, and Steve Blank’s, thinking and writing changed how we approach startups.

5 Key Ingredients Make A Happy Content Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Building a startup is hard work for low pay, it’s risky, and it requires total responsibility to make it work. Yet, many entrepreneurs are the happiest people I know. On the other hand, I know many unhappy individuals who are always partying, have minimal commitments, and little responsibility.

Optimizing the SaaS Funnel from Top to Bottom

For Entrepreneurs

In my talk at the 2017 SaaStr Annual conference, the goal was to offer a simple model of a SaaS business and highlight key areas for optimization within the SaaS funnel. Watch the video presentation to learn the key levers a CEO can pull to make the greatest impact to their business.

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5 Myths About Your Clients and Social Media That You Should Forget Right Now

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Myths About Your Clients and Social Media That You Should Forget Right Now written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. When it comes to social media marketing, any small business can utilize their online presence for lead generation.

Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody

Feld Thoughts

We are excited to announce that Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group as a partner. When we started Foundry Group in 2006, we were very clear that we were not going to build a legacy venture capital firm; one meant to outlive its founders. There would be no generational planning, no transitions to younger partners, and no senior partner hold-outs who would hang onto economics well after they had stopped working. Simply put, when we are done investing, we will drop the mic and shut off the lights.

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5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When We Reimagined Our Business

Up and Running

My team and I launched crowdSPRING in early 2008. For the following eight years, despite seeing great growth in our business, we made a mistake many entrepreneurs make: we operated the business as though the competitive, technological, and economic landscape was the same as when we started.

How Future-Proof is Your Company (and Your Career)?

Startup Professionals Musings

When you are growing a business, it’s hard to find time to focus on anything but the crises of today. Yet if you don’t spend some resources preparing for the changes in the marketplace we already know about, there may be no tomorrow for your business.

Support Startups for Net Neutrality

Feld Thoughts

The new leader of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman Ajit Pai, has said he wants to roll back existing net neutrality rules that prevent big cable companies from discriminating against online companies and services. Congress is lining up behind him.

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Bootstrapping vs. Raising Money

Spencer Fry

I had a fabulous time at MicroConf last week. It’s a great conference with about 150 attendees for the “Starter Edition” -- lots of online course creators, info product folks, SaaS people, and others. It was my first time, but I’d heard great things from past attendees.

Techstars Austin 2017 Demo Day Spotlights 10 Startups


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter at Silicon Hills News At South by Southwest, Guy Goldstein came up with the idea for WriterDuet when meeting with screenwriters and filmmakers. Goldstein created a platform, similar to Google Docs, to allow writers to collaborate on projects. Today, WriterDuet has more than 25,000 monthly users with 2,000 new […] The post Techstars Austin 2017 Demo Day Spotlights 10 Startups appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Smart Entrepreneurs Favor People-Centric Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business needs repeatable processes to grow and thrive, but modern business processes need the right people to make them efficient and productive. In addition, today’s customers judge a company by perceived people relationships through social media, phone conversations, and sales experiences.

Elon Musk Succeeds by Doing the Exact Opposite of What We're All Told To Do

Inc Startups

How does Elon Musk seem to focus on everything all at once, upending entire industries each time he sets his attention on something new? Innovate


5 Things To Consider Before Applying For A Bank Loan


by Meredith Wood, Editor-in-Chief at Fundera. When most of us imagine applying for a business loan, we probably think of driving down to the local bank where we’ve done business for years, speaking with a loan officer, and going through the loan application process with that known and trusted lender.

The importance of being an expert-generalist

The Equity Kicker

I am in the Elon Musk fan club. It’s hard not to be in awe of what he’s achieved – four multi-billion dollar companies and he’s only in his forties. I’ve even read his biography , not something I’ve done for many people. Lots has been written about why he is successful, mostly focused on his drive, vision, tenacity, resilience and intelligence, but I happened on a post morning which highlighted something that was new for me.

5 Solution Domains Suggest A Wealth Of Startup Ideas

Startup Professionals Musings

Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve. Customers pay for solutions, but there is no market for ideas. I’m often approached by people with a “million dollar idea,” but I haven’t seen anyone pay that for one yet.

How to Mix Business and Pleasure to Create Successful Working Relationships

Inc Startups

Not all friends make good coworkers, how to avoid a working relationship disaster.


Five Keys To Leading In The Age Of Analytics


by Andrew Wells and Kathy Chiang, co-authors of “ Monetizing Your Data: A Guide to Turning Data into Profit-Driving Strategies and Solutions “ Data and analytics have redefined the way we compete.

Business Must Haves: Procedures in the Workplace

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Procedures and policies are the foundations on which the entire system of a business is established. Where policies set guidelines to achieving goals, procedures determine how every activity of the business should be operated. Without standard procedures, a business becomes vulnerable to failure.

Will You Be The Leader Of The Pack?

YFS Magazine

It never occurred to me before that the front runner in a cross country race has one added bit of responsibility, especially for the leader of the pack. Lead business lessons leadership personal development

The Science Behind What Really Drives Employee Happiness (It May Surprise You)

Inc Startups

What is the most ideal and positive employee experience in today'sworkplace? Globoforce's WorkHuman Research Institute study reveals the answer.

The Top 3 Essentials for Your Startup Business

The Startup Magazine

So, you are done with school and are now ready to venture into the world of business. You are interested in being an entrepreneur, and you have no idea of where to start or how to go about it.

Why we should worry less about the robots, and more about ourselves

Start Up Blog

As if concocted by some kind of Industrial Séance, the past 100 years has turned people in the developed world into a cohort of economic outpatients.

Transform Negative Customer Feedback Into Positive Results

YFS Magazine

Customer feedback provides you with the data you need to win back customers, increase lifetime value and improve your product or service. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer feedback marketing negative reviews online reputation online reviews

9 Ways to Be Indispensable (That Never Appear on Performance Appraisals)

Inc Startups

Many are solid. Some are outstanding. And a few--just a few--are indispensable. Here's how to know the difference.


Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine


Optimizely, based in San Francisco, announced Wednesday it has purchased Austin-based Experiment Engine. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Experiment Engine, a graduate of the Austin Techstars program, creates tools and services that help companies test products online. Claire Vo, Experiment Engine’s CEO and Founder, will join Optimizely and continue to manage […] The post Optimizely Buys Austin-based Experiment Engine appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Becoming successful as an entrepreneur can prove challenging. You may have an idea, but don’t know where to start, or you know where to start, but not how to do it. As of 2015, the United States had 27 million entrepreneurs.

Before You Quit Your 9-5, Launch Your Side Hustle

YFS Magazine

You deserve to live the life you have always wanted, and a side hustle can be the stepping stone to opportunities you didn’t even know existed. Plan business idea side hustle starting a business startup advice

27 Expert Tips for Marketing to Millennials

Inc Startups

As the largest living generation, Millennials are a demographic every brand wants to charm. Here's how to do it. Marketing

CTAN Members Invest $14.2 Million in 43 Companies in 2016


The Central Texas Angel Network reported its members invested $14.2 million into 43 companies in 2016. CTAN members made 15 new investments and 28 follow on investments into existing portfolio companies. That compares to $13.3 million invested in 43 companies in 2015. The nonprofit organization also saw a 40 percent increase in 2016 in the […] The post CTAN Members Invest $14.2 Million in 43 Companies in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Buying For The Long Term – Startup Guide

The Startup Magazine

One of the most time-honored traditions in entrepreneurship is that of making do with what’s available. Why spend $5 when $4 will do it? Why stay in a 5-star hotel when you sleep just as well in a 3-star?

How I Turned My ‘Anti-Launch’ Into Six-Figure Success

YFS Magazine

When it comes to launches in business, most people prefer convention and tradition. It's safe. But safe didn't earn me six-figure success. Plan business coaching life coaching marketing online marketing Product Launch

Read This Now Before You Leave Corporate for Startup

Inc Startups

Startup life is sexy now, but leaving corporate for entrepreneurship is risky. Former Microsoft leader Tammy Perkins shares her insights on starting Fjuri. Startup

9 Online Funding And Financing Resources For Struggling SMEs


Whether you are just beginning your entrepreneurial journey or you have trod the business ownership path for years, you should know the golden rule: Your business needs money.

Startup Xpenditure turned down 20 VCs, but for what?

The Next Web

In the startup world, venture capitalists can find themselves treated as demigods. Feted by startup founders, by the media and by government, VC’s wield power, influence and, most importantly, money. Alternatives to VC rounds are rarely considered.